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Improving Epidemic Response

Improving Epidemic Response:
Building Bridges Between the US and China


Overview

Improving Epidemic Response: Building Bridges Between the US and China was held in Washington, DC, on May 15, 2012. Hosted by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, this conference brought together leaders from China and the U.S. who represent federal government, city and county government, research organizations, industry, think tanks, and academia.

The meeting provided a forum to increase mutual understanding of U.S. and Chinese strategies for responding to major disease epidemics. It was also a venue for leaders, scientists, and officials from both countries to present their approaches to disease outbreak response and to consider effective practices and the potential for future collaborations in epidemic preparedness and response. Distinguished speakers and panelists explored a range of topics, from surveillance and sequencing, to medicine and vaccine development, to lessons from natural disasters, to partnerships between the respective federal agencies, to epidemic response in large cities.




Agenda

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Strengthening Our Pandemic Response Efforts Together
Tom Inglesby, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC


Views from the US State Department: The Importance of US and China Collaborations (off the record)
Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health, US Department of State


Panel discussion: Scientific Innovations to Improve Response to Epidemics

  • Jennifer B. Nuzzo, SM, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Nong (Noel) Chen, MD, Director of Scientific Collaboration, BGI Americas
  • Nathan Wolfe, DSc, Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University; Director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative


Panel Discussion: Opportunities & Challenges for Developing Vaccines & Medicines

  • Kunal Rambhia, MS, Senior Analyst, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Dong Xie, PhD, Founder and CEO, Frontier BioSciences, Inc., and Chengdu Frontier BioSciences Co., Ltd.
  • Wnejun (Frank) Liu, DVP, PhD, Professor and Deputy Director, Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology


Keynote Address: Looking ForwardUnderstanding the Context for Cooperation Between the US and China
Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, MA, PhD, USAF (Ret), President, The Scowcroft Group; Former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush


Panel Discussion: Wenchuan to Katrina: Public Health Response to Large Scale Disasters

  • Eric S. Toner, MD, Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Lulu Zhang, PhD, Director, Institute of Military Health Management, Second Military Medical University; Shanghai, China
  • Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services; Houston, TX


Panel Discussion: The Next Pandemic: How China & the U.S. Will Respond

  • Tom Inglesby, MD, CEO and Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Zijian Feng, MD, Director, Health Emergency Center, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Executive Director, China-U.S. Collaborative Program on Emerging Infectious Disease
  • Daniel M. Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP, Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Edward J. Gabriel, MPA, EM-T, CEM, CBCP, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services


Panel Discussion: Inside the US CDC/China CDC Partnership

  • Anita J. Cicero, JD, Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Melinda Frost, MA, MPH, Health Communications Expert, Global Disease Detection Program, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Xing Gao, MD, Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Global Disease Detection Program, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Panel Discussion: Tale of Two Cities: Responding to Epidemics in Shanghai and New York City

  • D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH, Distinguished Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, Moderator
  • Jay Varma, MD, Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Fan Wu, MD, Director, Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control



Speakers
 

Nong Chen
Nong (Noel) Chen, MD
Director of Scientific Collaboration, BGI Americas

 
Anita J. Cicero
Anita J. Cicero, JD
Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

 
Zijian Feng
Zijian Feng, MD
Director, Health Emergency Center, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Executive Director, China-U.S. Collaborative Program on Emerging Infectious Disease

 
Melinda G. Frost
Melinda G. Frost, MA, MPH
Health Communications Expert, Global Disease Detection Program, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 
Edward J. Gabriel
Edward J. Gabriel, MPA
EMT-P, CEM, CBCP, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 
Xing Gao
Xing Gao, MD
Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinator, Global Disease Detection Program, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 
D. A. Henderson
D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH
Distinguished Scholar, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

 
Tom Inglesby
Tom Inglesby, MD
Director, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

 
Wenjun (Frank) Liu
Wenjun (Frank) Liu, DVP, PhD
Professor and Deputy Director, Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology

 
Jonathan Margolis
Jonathan Margolis, PhD
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health, U.S. Department of State

 
Jennifer Nuzzo
Jennifer Nuzzo, SM
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

 
Herminia Palacio
Herminia Palacio, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services; Houston, TX

 
Kunal Rambhia
Kunal Rambhia, MS
Senior Analyst, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

 
Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft
Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, MA, PhD, USAF (Ret.)
President, The Scowcroft Group; Former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush

 
Daniel M. Sosin
Daniel M. Sosin, MD, MPH, FACP
Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 
Eric Toner
Eric Toner, MD
Senior Associate, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC

 
Jay K. Varma
Jay K. Varma, MD
Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

 
Dan Hanfling
Nathan Wolfe, DSc
Lorry I. Lokey Visiting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University; Director of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative

 
Fan Wu
Fan Wu, MD
Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control

 
Dong Xie
Dong Xie, PhD
Founder and CEO, Frontier BioSciences, Inc., and Chengdu Frontier BioSciences Co., Ltd.

 
Lulu Zhang
Lulu Zhang, PhD
Director, Institute of Military Health Management, Second Military Medical University; Shanghai, China

 



Attendees

  • David Aaron, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Amesh Adalja, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Adeyemi Adesokan, Pathogenica
  • Mark Anderson, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Jessica Appler, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Sid Baccam, IEM, Inc.
  • Cindy Bascetta, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • David Blazes, Global Emerging Infections Surveillance & Response System (GEIS)
  • Nidhi Bouri, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Kathryn Brinsfield, White House National Security Staff
  • Wayne Bryden, FLIR Systems
  • Stephanie Bumpus, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Kelly Cappio, Biotechnology Industry Organization
  • Hillary Carter, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sheana Cavitt, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Nong (Noel) Chen, BGI Americas
  • Michael Chervenic, Stokes Evans, LLC
  • Rohit Chitale, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
  • Rashid Chotani, TASC
  • George Christopher, Transformational Medical Technologies (TMT)
  • Anita Cicero, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Elise Connor, Nuclear Threat Initiative
  • Justin Cormier, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Bernard Courtney, The Tauri Group
  • Brooke Courtney, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Brent Davidson, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/ASPR
  • Daniil Davydoff, Eurasia Group
  • Chris Decker, ODNI/National Intelligence Council
  • Raphael Della Ratta, Partnership for a Global Security
  • Dee Ann Divis, Washington Examiner
  • Nicole Errett, Baltimore City
  • Joseph Fair, Global Viral Forecasting Initiative
  • Brian Feighner, Johns Hopkins University/APL
  • Zijian Feng, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Joe Fitzgerald, Saliant
  • Angela Fowlkes, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health
  • Jackie Fox, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Crystal Franco, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Melinda Frost, U.S. CDC/Beijing
  • Edward Gabriel, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Xing Gao, U.S. CDC/Beijing
  • Bob Goldberg, Scowcroft Group
  • Ian Grant, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Ashley Grant, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Elin Gursky, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Katharine Hagen, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Chan Harjivan, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Christina Hedberg, UnitherVirology
  • D. A. Henderson, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jeff Hokenson, CBRN Defense Group
  • James Holt, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Tom Inglesby, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Matthew Johns, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Peter Jutro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Laura Kahn, Princeton University
  • Rebecca Katz, George Washington University
  • Mark Keim, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Nicholas Kelley, Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy
  • Lynne Kidder, The WMD Center
  • Akhila Kosaraju, SIGA Technologies
  • Steve Kuo, Taiwan Ministry of Health
  • Clarence Lam, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Randy Larsen, WMD Center
  • Betty Lee, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Rachel Levinson, Arizona State University
  • Dara Lieberman, Trust for America's Health
  • Alan Liss, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Frank Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Mollie Mahany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Robert Mann, Global Viral Forecasting Initiative
  • Ronald Marchioni, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Lise Martel, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Michael McDonald, Global Health Initiatives, Inc.
  • Carolina Morgan, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Ryan Morhard, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Elaine Murray, Delegation of the European Union
  • Lucienne Nelson, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • Ann Norwood, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Jennifer Nuzzo, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Herminia Palacio, Harris County Public Health & Env. Services
  • Lisa Patrican, Defense Intelligence Agency/NCMI
  • Jean Patterson, Texas Biomedical Research Institute
  • Christopher Perdue, Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
  • Leslie Platt, Leslie Platt & Associates, LLC
  • Ian Portelli, NYU School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Rakesh Raghuwanshi, U.S. FDA/Counterterrorism & Emerging Threats
  • Kunal Rambhia, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Patrick Rose, Center for Health & Homeland Security
  • Scott Rosenstein, Eurasia Group
  • Sara Rubin, The WMD Center
  • Brad Schneider, GVFI
  • Brent Scowcroft, The Scowcroft Group
  • Fred Selck, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Yuliya Seldina, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Tara Kirk Sell, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Sushil Sharma, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Calvin Siow, Georgetown University
  • Halley Smith, Sandia National Lab
  • Daniel Sosin, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Sharon Stanley, American Red Cross
  • Kate Summers, U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms
  • Brendan Thomason, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Eric Toner, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Anthony Treubrodt, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jessica Tucker, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • James Tunkey, I-OnAsia
  • Jay Varma, New York City/DHMH
  • Richard Waldhorn, Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
  • Renee Wegrzyn, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Stephen White, Florida Department of Health/Miami Bureau of Laboratories
  • Nathan Wolfe, Global Viral Forecasting Initiative
  • Beth Wong, Frontier BioSciences, Inc.
  • Fan Wu, Shanghai Municipal CDC
  • Dong Xie, Frontier BioSciences, Inc.
  • Jaime Yassif, UC Berkeley Biophysics
  • Lulu Zhang, Institute of Military Health Management, Second Military Medical University
  • Susan Zhao, U.S. Food and Drug Administration